Biology Graduate Student Symposium



For those who are new to the department, the Biology Student Graduate Symposium is our annual day-long symposium led by graduate students to highlight the work of students in Biology, the Marine Institute, Ocean Sciences, Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology, Aquaculture, and Environmental Science programs. The goal of the symposium is to provide professional development for students in a constructive manner, fostering communication and interactions across multiple foci. The BGSS allows students to receive anonymous feedback and constructive criticism on their presentations.

This event consists of a lunch, coffee and snacks throughout the day, a keynote speaker of renown in their field, and a reception afterwards at Quintana's. All of this is at no cost to graduate students, but we do heavily rely on fundraising. If you want to lend a hand planning the symposium, please email our coordinator (Emma Cooke,, and please give generously at our fundraising events.


BGSS 2018

We are excited to announce the upcoming 11th annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS) on April 12th! Our keynote speaker this year will be announced shortly.

Please submit your titles by February 16th. The title provided does not need to be your final title, however we need to know numbers. The link to register is below, as well as a link for general registration (if you are not submitting a talk but would still like to take part in the day!).

After Feb 16th, a call for abstracts will go out; abstracts will be due on March 1st! You can change your title when you submit your abstract, but that will be the final title change. We are looking forward to hearing about everyone's research!

Please visit the following links to register.

BGSS Talk/Poster Registration:

BGSS General Registration (no talk):

BGSS 2017

BGSS 2017 Award Recipients

Joe Brown Award for Excellence in Science Communication       Emilie Novaczek
Best PosterAnne Provencher St. Pierre
Best Evolution and Ecology MSc TalkSana Zabihi
Best Molecular and Genetics MSc TalkKelcey King
Best Evolution and Ecology PhD TalkBrittany Palm-Flawd
Best Molecular and Genetics PhD TalkMarc Gruell

BGSS 2016

BGSS 2016 Award Recipients

 Joe Brown Award for Excellence in Communication Miguel Meijas                                                               
 Best Poster Brittany Palm-Flawd
 Best Evolution and Ecology MSc talk Kyle Millar
 Best Molecular and Genetics MSc talk Kelcey King and Luke Bown
 Best Ecolution and Ecology PhD talk Emilie Novaczek
 Best Molecular and Genetics PhD talk

 Linda Lait


 BGSS 2016 poster

BGSS 2015


2015 Award Recipients

Joe Brown Award for Excellence in CommunicationEmilie Novaczek and Greg Furey (tie)
Best PosterCarley Schacter and Katherine Robbins (coauthors)
Best Evolution and Ecology MSc talkKyle Millar
Best Molecular and Genetics MSc talkAndrew Chaulk
Best Ecolution and Ecology PhD talkHolly Caravan
Best Molecular and Genetics talkLancey Cheng


BGSS 2014


2014 Award Recipients

Joe Brown Award for Excellence in CommunicationMargie Wilkes
Best PosterSarah Adcock and Barbara de Moura Neves (tie)
Best MSc TalkChris Hammill
Best PhD TalkRenauld Belley




BGSS 2013

2013 Award Recipients
Joe Brown Award for Excellence in CommunicationChris Hammill
Best PosterLaura Wheeland
Best MSc TalkMorag Ryan
Best PhD TalkBarbara de Moura Neves and Paul Regular (tie)


BGSS 2012

2012 Award Recipients
Joe Brown Award for Excellence in CommunicationJill Robinson
Best PosterAndrew Murphy
Best MSc TalkMargie Wilkes
Best PhD TalkArnault Lebris



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